Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended winger Bernardo Silva over a controversial tweet involving team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
The Guardian reported that the Portugal international had posted a childhood picture of Mendy alongside the mascot of Spanish confectionery company Conguitos with the caption “Guess who?”, the tweet later being deleted.
Consequently, anti-racism organisation Kick It Out called for the Football Association to take action against Bernardo over his “discriminatory” tweet, despite Mendy seemingly taking no offence over its content, as reported by The Guardian.
Following last night’s Carabao Cup win over Preston, Guardiola strongly defended the 25-year-old as a “lovely” person, saying that he has a strong friendship with Mendy. [via The Guardian]
Wasn’t in the press conference but have seen the comments. Can see why Guardiola has backed up Bernardo, who is clearly not a bad guy. But while the post wasn’t abusive, it was public, included ugly stereotypes and was offensive to a lot of people. You’ve got to accept that.
— Sam Lee (@SamLee) September 24, 2019
These Manchester City fans on Twitter were also critical of Bernardo’s judgement in his tweet about Mendy:
I don't get how people can't understand the public eye concept…
Kids see it. If they think it's fine to make such comparisons on the basis it's a joke what's to stop them doing it with their mate (who may not be *in* on it). Bernardo needs to needs to think a bit more
— Danny (@BrianKiddsMate2) September 24, 2019
Shouldn't defend the action, B Silva can be the nicest guy but the post was ignorant of so much sinister history, plus his IG stories did talk about Mendy's skin colour (unless that was a bad edit). Club should have condemned the action and had a social media diversity seminar
— JB (@thejb2018) September 24, 2019
Not in anyway nasty but in current climate stupid and ignorant even if they are best mates.
— Kevin Morton. (@KevinMo31529386) September 24, 2019
Fully agree, Sam. We know they’re friends and joke the way they do. We also know Bernardo is a nice guy, but it was just not properly thought out and was indeed insensitive.
— Simone (@Vrtlnsanity) September 24, 2019
Yes a joke and definitely not meant with any racist undertones however incredibly stupid and I’m afraid will have to take a punishment.
— Ben Jordan (@CTIDBen) September 25, 2019
for such an intelligent guy you’d think he’d have realised that, i don’t think he considered it racist but he should’ve at least considered how it would’ve been seen
— Oli (@oli_mcfc) September 24, 2019
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